The Houston Texans, according to Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Jay Glazier of Fox, have traded Demeco Ryans, inside linebacker, to the Philadelphia Eagles for a mid round draft pick. The move keeps in line with General Manager Rick Smith‘s stated philosophy of building the team through the draft.
“We’ve talked many, many times about the fact that we build through the draft and we supplement through free agency,” Smith said. http://blog.houstontexans.com/
This is a win-win situation for both teams involved. For the Eagles it helps to fill a tremendous need at the inside linebacker position where they were sub-par as a team. For the Texans, it will once again allow younger players to step up and fill in. Much like the loss of Mario Williams, Eric Winston and Mike Brisiel will allow. Fortunately for the Texans, there are players on the roster that have been given past opportunities to show what they can do. Daryl Sharpton should do well on the inside coupled with Brian Cushing, a proven veteran. Another positive for the Texans in the trade include opening up salary room for future draft picks. Although Ryans was the Texans’ all time leading tackler, he has suffered the injury bug with an achilles injury that ended his 2010 season and playing through all of last season with an elbow injury. Ryans’ playing time had also been reduced in the switch to Wade Phillips‘ 3-4 defense in passing situations.
Even though the Houston Texans did not go all out to keep Mario Williams and now trade another starter on defense, I see no let down on the defensive side of the ball. This top NFL defense has plenty of blue collar talent to maintain its 2011 form. Defensive ends J.J. Watt and Antonio Smith and Outside Linebackers Connor Barwin and Brooks Reed will continue to be a force in Phillip’s defense. This move, coupled with not re-signing Mario Williams will allow more room for the Texans to pursue the wide receiver position most believe they are making their main target in the NFL Draft.